Summer Term 3

Newsletter Summer Term 3

Dear Parents/Carers

It is lovely that super weather finishes another very good learning week at St John’s.

1. Y6 SATS
These finished today with the last Maths test and a group of pupils taking Level 6 (a high school level). All week we gave the children breakfast and water breaks and treats to aid concentration and all of Y6 worked really hard. Very well done Y6! We think we have done very well again and this is a tribute to everyone’s hard work. In this group we have a potential vet, computer technician, scientist, electrician, nurse and higher level teaching assistant! We are giving our pupils the aspirations to achieve and raise the attainment and success of our city. I fervently hope all our children and families support this aim.

2. Other Tests
Y2 have been taking tests and additional teacher assessments this week and next, the Y1 children have the phonics test in June. All the classes are brilliantly prepared for this and they inform us of the next stage in their teaching. Staff are always assessing all the pupils to find their next steps.

3. Attendance
It is crucial that children are in school unless sick! We have had requests for holidays in term time which are not approved and I ask parents/carers to consider the effect of children missing learning that they might not revisit. Qualifications are important in the competitive job market. A parent/carer has been recently fined for their child’s poor attendance. After half term there will be some exciting reward visits for children with good attendance and behaviour.

4. St John’s Church
As part of the 170th celebrations for St John’s Church will be having some commemorative mugs produced which parents/carers can purchase, they will cost £3.50 and will have a picture of the church on them, please complete the form below to place an order. Please do not send any money in until the mugs have arrived, we only need numbers for the order at this time. There will also be an open day to celebrate the anniversary on Saturday 7th June!

5. KS2 Samba Drumming Day
This was held today and was thoroughly enjoyed by the children who learnt about rhythms.

6. Community Summer Fair
This is on Saturday 5th July from 12pm-2pm and will be a fun day with lots of activities for children which will raise funds for the school as well. Each week we will be collecting for 2 stalls, please have a look around your house and nag any relatives as well! This week we are collecting bottles and jars full of treats for the bottle stall and any raffle prizes including items for hampers. Please help us make this a successful event. Volunteers are most welcome to help. Please give your name in to the school office.

7. Parent/Carer Behaviour
We have received numerous complaints this week about parent/carers using foul language in the ear shot of children. Please remember that children learn behaviour from peers and as well as breeching our parent/carer/visitor behaviour policy; it is not a good example to set to our children.

8. Home School Link Worker Information
Last week we were complimented twice on the children’s behaviour by outside agencies. Children in Foundation Stage & KS1 took part in ‘Wild about Nature Workshop’ and the tutor commented on how lovely their manners were and some children in Y4 did their Bikeability Level 1 and the instructor mentioned how sensible and well behaved they all were. It is lovely to hear from other people what we already know.

9. Celebration Assembly
Awards given out for data collected w/b 28/04/14:
Class Attendance: Y6 –99.3%
Whole School Attendance: 96% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Ricardo Gordon & Eliza Williams
Awards given out for data collected w/b 09/05/14:
Humaira Shakil, Yassin Hamadto, Anannya Sinilraj, Theo Lovall, Ansh Bhati, Eve Tams, Juvaria Habib, Berrie Johnson, Ellesse Lovatt, Julia Pustula, Amin Miah, Sam Cole, Ethan Boughey, Maria Xanthopoulou, Abigail Dunn and Joshua Sajan.
Time for Sport Trophy: Y3/4
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Joshua Griffiths & Sky Lea-Shaw
Mrs Bloor’s Award: Biben Benny
Smart School Uniform: Archie Hambleton & Amber Louise Gregory
Good to be Green: KS1 – Adithya Sanil & Damarni Wilson KS2 – Ismail Saygili & Jack Eaton

10. Values Champions
This week we have been focusing on kindness, what kind thing could you do? Perhaps you could help at home with the cooking, washing, cleaning or at school you could help someone who is hurt or who hasn’t got anyone to play with. There is still time to get a values fish this week.
Kindness: Ellesse Lovatt, Julia Pustula, Freya Knight, Jamie Paredes, Megan Proudlove, Chloe Barlow, Mia Beardmore, Aaron Sajan, Eve Tams & Megan Wooton.
Co-Operation: Danny Lea-Shaw & Leanah Elabd
Friendship: Molly Clewes
Resilience: All Y6

11. Dates for your Diary
Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th May – Y6 Bikeability
Tuesday 20th May – R2 Class Assembly – 9:05am – All Welcome!
Wednesday 21st May – R1 & R2 Museum Visit
Thursday 22nd May – Staff Training Day – Local Council Elections
Friday 23rd May – Y1B Class Assembly – 9:05am
Friday 23rd May – Library Sessions for Nursery Children and Parents/Carers – 2pm
Monday 26th – Friday 30th May – Half Term

12. Reminder’s
• Foundation Stage are having a Ball tomorrow (Friday 16th May), would you please send children to school in Ball Gowns/Dresses or Suits/Trousers & Shirts.
• On Thursday 22nd May the school is closed for Local Council Elections as the council insist on using the premises. The school is closed to children although staff will be in training.

13. Attachments
Parent/carer Governor nomination form
St John’s Church Commemorative Mug order form

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor
Headteacher